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Welcome to the world of cruising! We have all the information you need to plan your first cruise holiday including where you can go, what cruise ship to choose, what you can do onboard, what the rooms are like and much more! Start exploring now.

Why Cruise?

Undecided about cruising – but looking for a blissful, hassle-free holiday of a lifetime visiting places you’ve always dreamed about? 

Cruising ticks all the boxes for comfort and convenience, combining lots of popular destinations into a hassle free holiday! It connects all the dots so you don’t have to worry about how to get there, travel around and find accommodation – it’s all taken care of.

It's no surprise that the number of cruise-goers is rising rapidly every year – in fact, a record number of 1,058,781 Australians took an ocean cruise in 2015, an increase of 14.6% on the previous year. And with more ships, more cruise ports and more itineraries to choose from than ever before, there has never been a better time to get onboard! 

But if you're among those who are still considering taking a cruise for the first time, then here are our top 8 reasons why we think you should book a cruise holiday:
Cruises are value for money
Value for money
Whatever type of cruise you choose will include your accommodation, main meals, daily activities & nightly entertainment and often, other additions like bonus onboard spending money, drinks packages & free wi-fi!
Only unpack once
When you board the ship, you really have arrived at your home away from home, and you won’t need to pack again until the end of the cruise. Your cruise ship will take you from city to city or island to island with the greatest of ease!
Foodies Haven
From poolside BBQs to five-course meals, foodies will love what’s on offer. Most ships have self-service buffets & casual eateries. Then there are specialty restaurants where, for a fee, you can indulge in world-class cuisine at celebrity chef restaurants
Discover other cultures
Culture
Waking up in a different place nearly every day is a definite bonus. Explore different regions easily and comfortably & immerse yourself in various cultures.
Onboard activities
Onboard Activities
Many ships have great programs onboard and often include options such as swimming, fitness classes, computer training, art auctions, photography classes, dance lessons, cooking, basketball and tennis, to name a few.
Entertainment Galore
Every night on a cruise ship is an entertainment spectacular. Consider your ship a floating capital city, with nightclubs, movies, live music, themed parties, magic, comedy, cabaret, Broadway- and West End style shows, and casinos.
Top-Notch Facilities
Facilities
Larger oceangoing cruise ships are fitted out with an array of facilities for everyone to enjoy. They often house day spas, gyms, wave pools, cinemas, ice-skating rinks, mini-golf courses, tenpin bowling alleys and rock-climbing walls, to name a few.
Shore Excursions
Shore Excursions
It's the greatest way to experience the best of the ports! Shore Excursions include cultural walking tours, cooking schools, shopping tours and many adventures, including helicopter rides, mountain biking, canoeing, white water rafting and trekking.
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What's Included In Your Cruise Fare?

We often get asked if cruising is affordable and a good-value holiday option. Our answer? A resounding YES! Cruising really is a great 'value for money' holiday. From accommodation to dining to entertainment, as well as the use of the ship’s many complimentary facilities such as swimming pools, gym, whirlpool spas and sporting equipment, here's what is (and isn't) included in your cruise holiday:

ACCOMMODATION

Your standard cruise fare includes your chosen accommodation. Most cruise lines advertise their basic “lead in” cabins, which are the cheapest options available for your inside, outside, balcony and suite cabins. But, there are lots of different levels of cabins offered above this, each offering different amenities, layouts and so on. Here is a list of all the FREE perks available in every room:

  • Private ensuite
  • Hairdryer
  • Wardrobe
  • Air-conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Personal safe for valuables
  • Cabin stewards who attend daily 
DINING

All of your main meals onboard are included in the price of your cruise fare, this includes:

  • The Main Dining Room - offering à la carte menu items for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • A buffet area or the “Pantry” as known on P&O, which is an upmarket food hall, serving a more casual breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Complimentary Pizza
  • Complimentary Ice-cream
  • Room Service (some 24hrs)
  • Water, Juice, Coffee & Tea
  • Other complimentary dining options including a range of different cuisines from American, Asian, Italian, Modern Australian + much more
ONBOARD ACTIVITIES

Not only will you not go hungry on a cruise, but you will also not be bored, with an endless numbers of activities offered throughout the day and night. Some activities do incur a fee but there are loads of onboard activities on offer for FREE so you won’t need to spend a cent! These vary from ship to ship but include:

  • Swimming Pools & Spas & Poolside activities
  • Adults only retreats
  • Fitness Centres & the gym equipment
  • Enrichment programs & presentations
  • Libraries
  • Trivia and game shows
  • A range of dance classes
  • Trivia, game shows & board games
  • Karaoke
  • Sports such as basketball, table tennis, mini golf, volleyball, chess, jogging tracks + more
  • Cooking demonstrations
NIGHT LIFE & ENTERTAINMENT

Cruise lines have an array of different entertainment options available every night and suitable for every kind of cruiser. Although this varies by cruise line & ship, typical entertainment options include:

  • Live Production Shows
  • Broadway Performances
  • Guest Entertainers and Comedians
  • Live Music
  • Piano Bars
  • Cinemas
  • Themed Parties
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Karaoke
  • Entry into all pubs, bars & nightclubs
  • Big Screen (sports, recent release movies and more)
  • Game shows
FOR THE KIDS

There are loads of activities available for kids onboard a cruise ship. Group activities for 3 to 17 year olds are available during the day and vary from ship to ship but all Australian based cruise lines provide Kids Club Programs and include activities such as:

  • Themed Parties & Discos
  • Kids Pools & Water Activities
  • Sports such as basketball, table tennis, mini golf, volleyball, chess, jogging tracks + more
  • Game Arcades with Playstation and Wii consoles
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Family Production Shows
  • Dance Classes
  • Teen Hangouts
What's NOT Included in Your Cruise Fare:

Not everything is included in the cost of your cruise fare although it's fair to say that you could go your entire cruise holiday without spending another cent. Almost all ships are cashless these days, so your onboard expenses are charged to your personalised cruise card that is given to you when you board the ship. Here is a list of what's NOT included in your fare:

  • Specialty Dining
  • Alcoholic Beverages & Premium Soft Drinks
  • Spa & Salon Treatments
  • Activities such as Bingo & the Casino (but you do have the chance to win the jackpot!)
  • Shore Excursions
  • Fitness classes (such as Yoga, Pilates, Zumba etc)
  • Duty free purchases or items from the onboard shops
  • In cabin baby-sitting
  • NB: There are a number of all-inclusive cruise lines, mostly in the luxury category.
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Cruise Prices: How Do They Compare?

Let’s be honest: comparing cruise prices isn’t easy. No two ships are the same, no inclusions are exactly the same, and some destinations (such as Antarctica) are significantly more costly than others, such as the Pacific Islands

But on ships departing Australia, such as those of P&O Australia, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises or Carnival Cruise Lines, you can often pay less than $100 per person per night and, if you keep an eye on sales and special deals, this can drop to around $50 per person per night! For accommodation and food alone, that would be almost impossible to match on land.

So how do cruises really compare? We've done all the research - take a look at the below example, based on an 8 night cruise departing Sydney.

Cruise Holiday vs Hotel Stay:
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4 Star Cruise Holiday
Hotel Icon
4 Star Hotel Stay
Accommodation
$1,798
8 night cruise twin share
Accommodation
$1,768
8 night hotel stay
Dining
Included
Dining
$1,200
$75pp, per day
Entertainment
Included
Entertainment
$800
$50pp, per day
SAVINGS OF $1970!
$1,798
TOTAL COST FOR 2 PEOPLE
SAVINGS OF $1970!
$3,768
TOTAL COST FOR 2 PEOPLE

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